It’s the most wonderful time of the year at the home of Dr. Steve and Laura Simpson. The Simpsons, who have lived in Centennial Valley for 13 years, enjoy preparing their home for the holidays and entertaining family and friends. “I love transforming my home into a festive gathering place for friends and family during the holiday season,” Laura said.

It truly is the most wonderful time of the year at Peggy Browning’s Wooster home! With nearly every room adorned for the holidays, the family can enjoy a cup of cocoa around one of seven Christmas trees.
Peggy, a Faulkner County native, is married to Tommy Browning. She has a son, Tommy Lynn Browning, who is married to Tammy, and a daughter, Christy Wallace, who is married to Mike. Her grandchildren include Kayle Thomas, who is married to Brad,and Paxton and Cayden Wallace. The Brownings are co-owners of Browning’s Welding and Machine Shop, Inc., along with their son.

Conway Salvation Army held its Angel Tree Kick-off on November 14 at the First Security Bank on Old Morrilton Highway in Conway.
Captain Patrishia Knott said this was her family’s first year in Conway, moving from Stillwater, Oklahoma in June.
“We’re looking forward to meeting a lot of people that have made the Angel Tree Program a blessing to so many families,” said Knott, who works alongside her husband, Captain Michael Knott, serving Faulkner, Cleburne, Perry and Van Buren counties.

Steve and Kim Jones of Conway recently took a sweeping life change by purchasing the property formerly known as Persimmon Ridge Golf Club. The beautiful space located at #1 Fairway Drive in Greenbrier was purchased by the Jones family in October.
Steve and Kim have been married for 33 years. Kim owns Onsite Therapies in Little Rock, a pediatric outpatient speech, occupational, and physical therapy clinic. Steve previously owned Arkansas Carpet Outlet and Applied Velocity Sports Training Complex, both in the Greenbrier area.

Treat your friends and family to edible Christmas goodies to make the holiday season brighter. Our selections of festive recipes are easy to make and add a personal touch to holiday gift giving. Whether sweet or savory, your loved ones will appreciate the creatively packaged gourmet gifts.

Homemade Granola
Mix these first four ingredients together in a large bowl and make a well:
12 cups oats (not quick cooking)
½ cup unsalted sunflower seeds
½ cup sliced almonds
¾ cups unsweetened shaved coconut

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The Kitchen Store & More raised more than $19,500 for the Conway Regional Perinatal Bereavement Program, during their Holiday Preview Event on Oct. 26. The store was decorated for the holidays, as customers took advantage of the opportunity to shop while supporting a worthy cause.

Conway Regional Health System will host the tenth annual Walk to Remember on Saturday, Oct. 21, at Conway High School’s John McConnell football stadium.
The Conway Regional Perinatal Bereavement program sponsors the Walk to Remember as a free event to help families remember babies lost at any stage of pregnancy through the first year of life. The walk is dedicated to the late Mike Smyers and his wife, Jeanne, who helped develop the bereavement program after his own family experienced loss.

Kristy King, MD, an internal medicine physician, has joined the Conway Regional Health System hospitalist team.
She has more than 10 years of experience in primary care medicine in various hospital settings.
“We are fortunate to continue to grow our team as we expand our hospitalist services in the area,” said Greg Kendrick, MD. “Dr. King is an experienced physician and we are happy to have her caring for our patients.”

The Rooster Bar
by John Grisham

Think about the excitement in your house each Christmas morning. The kids can’t wait to run to the tree, find their gifts, and unwrap them all. We need to have the same sense of joy, excitement, and expectation about the gift of Jesus. He is our Savior! He is our deliverer! He is our Prince of Peace! The Bible tells us that Jesus was wrapped in cloths and lying in the manager. Have you ever thought about the fact that Jesus was the first and best Christmas gift?

Conway High School senior Jacob Koger has already launched himself into a high-tech career and yet he doesn’t graduate high school until May.
Even before he was offered technology classes at school, Koger was seeking out knowledge about computers and technology. But now, with Arkansas and Conway High’s encouragement, he is gaining all sorts of knowledge and experience through his AP Computer Science A, Computer Engineering, Networking, and Video and Image Editing classes.

The Tobey Team likes to give back to the community, and one way is to provide you with useful monthly Real Estate information. Enjoy the upcoming holiday season, but don’t forget to be safe.
Did you know from now until New Year’s Day that crimes will increase THREE TIMES the average monthly crime rate? The top three crimes during this time period will be:
Automobile Break-in
Home Invasion
Identity Theft

The arrival of cooler temperatures sparks various changes. Chilly air and precipitation can be dangerous, especially to pets that are unaccustomed to extreme changes in temperature.
Pet owners may be well aware of the hazards of warm weather, including the threat of leaving pets in hot cars. But cold weather also has its share of risks. Heed these tips to keep pets safe and secure.

None of us can escape the relentless ticking of the biological clock. As we age, gravity, the elements, and nature all conspire against us to cause changes in our skin and facial features. While men have traditionally accepted these changes as inevitable, women have not been so willing to compromise. More recently, what used to be afforded first to the wealthy and then the less well to do who consider it a personal investment, not a luxury, have turned to non-surgical procedures for a more safe and more effective remedy.

Studio SKIN takes pride in offering the newest and latest/greatest treatments and products in anti-aging and skin care. The latest wrinkle-erasing facial treatment—Sculplla—a Korean treatment is debuting in Conway, exclusively at Studio SKIN. Our newest facial offers the most immediate results post service.

There was an article on nbcnews.com the other day that I found particularly interesting. The subject was the “Concept of the Dying Weekend.” It was an edited excerpt from a book written by Katrina Onstad entitled The Weekend Effect: The Life Changing Effects of Taking Time Off and Challenging the Cult of Overwork. As a pharmacy owner for most of the years since 1983, I can assure you that I totally get it. When the pharmacy was open, I was pretty much there, and when it was closed, I was busy with all the managerial tasks that I didn’t have time for during the day.